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Fascinating version of the second coming- with a twist in the tail...
on 11 April 2009
An interesting little item this. It's a graphic novel reprint of a limited series which was originally published as a standalone set of comic books. But now, it seems, it is the prelude to something else, an even bigger story. Yes, that's right, even bigger than the Second Coming in modern-day America.Well, you can't fault Millar's ambition. And after the Ultimates, the Authority and the rest- you know, this boy might just deliver the goods.
But what do we have here? Actually, it's rather lovely. A subtle and humane story with engaging and interesting characters, beautifully drawn in that deceptively-simple, clean style of Gross. Thought-provoking and fascinating, it bears multiple rereadings and will engage your mind and your heart, Highly recommended. And once you read the ending, you will reread the book to see if it all hangs together. Which it does, actually. In fact, this is a cracking piece of work, and I can't wait for the follow up. Buy it!
One caveat- there was a rather shocking finale which Millar himself has cut out of this version, and been roundly castigated for it. Not by me. I think it was exactly the right decision. The earlier version had real shock value- but this ending is more in keeping with the overall tone of the story, and is fitting. As Millar gets better and better, he becomes more restrained and subtler. If you don't agree, go read 'the Unfunnies', Millar's worst ever piece of work. He's much better than that. As someone who loved his Swamp Thing run, I think he's a cracking writer. And the best is yet to come. Maybe in volume two of this.....?